Is Hillary’s Glass Jaw Starting to Crack Already?

Featured image If Hillary Clinton’s feeble performance in the 2008 campaign is any indication, she has a glass jaw as a candidate, which will manifest itself at some point—though perhaps too late for a credible candidate other than Joe Biden to have enough time to organize a serious campaign. People keep saying the Republicans might have a brokered convention, but maybe it will be the Democrats who revive the e-cigarette-filled-backroom.* As we »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (2)

Featured imageReading Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Bryan Burrough, recorded on Tuesday, is posted here. • Burrough tells the story of six terrorist groups that conducted campaigns of “revolutionary violence,” »

Race Hustlers Want Equal Treatment With Biker Gangs

Featured imageYou can’t make this stuff up: some on the left are complaining that the Waco biker gangs have gotten more favorable press coverage than the rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore. The Associated Press headlines, “Differing Perceptions of Waco, Baltimore Bothering Some.” The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. »

ISIS gains big in Iraq; Obama remains functionally indifferent

Featured imageU.S. policy in Iraq is in a shambles — there can be no serious disagreement about that. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and a mere 70 miles from Baghdad, has been captured by ISIS. Mosul, Iran’s second largest city, remains in ISIS’s hands. As importantly, it’s now clear that military success against ISIS hinges on the use of Iranian-dominated militias, but that these forces will not be able to »

Bin Laden’s Correspondence

Featured imageToday the Director of National Intelligence declassified and posted on the DNI web site 103 documents that were recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, along with a variety of other materials. Among those other items is a list of 39 books in English that were found at the compound. Let’s start with the books. While there are some legitimate works of history, the list is heavy »

Democrats: White Males Need Not Apply

Featured imageAccording to a story reported in the New York Daily News and other outlets, Hillary Clinton already has a list of prospective running mates, but there’s only one name on it: A former top Clinton administration official predicted Sunday that Hillary Clinton will pick Julian Castro as her running mate if she wins the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. “What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s »

Hell to pay in Baltimore

Featured imageThe death of Freddie Gray drew outrage from Baltimore’s Black community, and rightly so. Gray was alive and well when the police took him into their custody, and ended up dead. The resulting protests (but not the rioting) were a reasonable response. But police mistreatment of suspects is far from the most serious problem of violence that confronts Baltimore’s Black community. The Washington Post reports that during the period from »

Hillary Clinton, “Sid Vicious,” and Libya

Featured imageThe New York Times presents an account of Sidney Blumenthal’s memos to Hillary Clinton concerning Libya. For the benefit of our younger readers and those with short memories, I should say that during Bill Clinton’s presidency, Blumenthal was probably the slimiest of Team Clinton’s operatives, earning the nickname Sid Vicious. For example, according to Christopher Hitchens, once Blumenthal’s good friend, vicious Sid spread defamatory stories about Monica Lewinsky. Hitchens swore »

The Republican Ascendancy, Quantified

Featured imageAt Real Clear Politics, Sean Trende and David Byler explicate their index of party strength. To compute their index, Trend and Byler calculate five components, which they weight equally: Our index is the sum of five parts: presidential performance, House performance, Senate performance, gubernatorial performance and state legislative performance. The first is measured by the party’s performance in the previous presidential popular vote (NB: In this, and all other measurements, »

The Crisis of the Administrative State, Part 5: Government as Faction

Featured imageThe whole point of a limited government republic with the separation of powers and other constitutional safeguards is to keep government as a neutral force between factions and interests.  (See: Madison, Federalist #10. Rinse and repeat.) But today’s administrative state—the increasingly independent fourth branch of government—has transformed government into its own special interest faction, lobbying itself on behalf of itself—increasingly in partisan ways. Case in point is a front page »

Mad Men signs off with class and aplomb

Featured imageThe final episode of Mad Men, the long running hit cable show, aired last night. If you haven’t seen it but plan to, read no further. Mad Men is an overrated show, but that’s mainly because no television show could be as good as gushing liberals deem it. Why do liberals love Mad Men so? I think it’s because it tells them that America in the early 1960s was not »

28 Days Later

Featured image28 Days Later is one of the early zombie-apocalypse movies of the last decade (though as Danny Boyle thrillers go I prefer the flawed but still interesting Sunshine), but the title clearly fits the cater-to-the-zombie-vote strategy of Hillary Clinton, who went 28 days before taking a press question. You can see ABC’s two-minute report on it here (though why is George Snuffulupagus still anchoring any political coverage at all?).  She »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (1)

Featured imageOver the weekend I read Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. I read it in preparation for the brief interview we recorded with the author yesterday afternoon for the Power Line podcast posted here. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first of what I think will »

The Power Line Show, Episode 17: Days of Rage, With Bryan Burrough

Featured imageThis afternoon Scott, Paul and I recorded Episode 17 of the Power Line show. We started out by discussing the fall of Ramadi and, more generally, the abject collapse of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. We were then joined by Bryan Burrough, author of Days of Rage, a brilliant history of a nearly forgotten–or, I would say, whitewashed–episode in our history: the violent, left-wing revolutionary movement of the 1970s and »

Samantha Power doubles down on Emma Sulkowicz’s bogus rape claim

Featured imageSamantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the commencement address at Barnard College on Sunday. Consistent with her ridiculous tweet of the same day, Power compared the situation of women in the U.S. with those in Afghanistan. As Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports: Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the graduating class at all-female Barnard College that women continue to suffer »

There’s something about Katy (and Lizzy)

Featured imageI found Corey Kilgannon’s Saturday Saturday New York Times story to be worthy of note and thought readers might find it of interest. Kilgannon’s story is variously headlined “Long separated, sisters have a college reunion” (in the paper, where it caught my eye) and “2 women moved to write stories uncover a surprisingly personal one” (online). I found it a touching story with plenty of material for further reflection. Here »

Obama’s Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse

Featured imageYou know it’s bad when even the Associated Press notices: “Rout In Ramadi Calls US Iraq Strategy Into Question.” The fall of Ramadi calls into question the Obama administration’s strategy in Iraq. Is there a Plan B? The current U.S. approach is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding Baghdad to reconcile with the nation’s Sunnis, and bombing Islamic State targets from the air without committing American »